Jail time, up to $2,650 fine for going maskless in Colorado mountain town

Downtown, Aspen. Photo Credit: Gina Collecchia (Flickr).

Locals and visitors could face steep penalties for failing to comply with face-covering requirements in a mountain town nestled in central Colorado.

In a recent public push, Aspen is hoping to remind visitors and residents that wearing a mask in town is expected at all times when six feet of social distancing can not be maintained. Maskless violators could be fined $50 for the first offense, $250 for the second, and a mandatory court appearance, and $2,650 and/or a prison term of up to one year for all subsequent violations.

The rule applies to those on the trails and sidewalks, grocery shoppers, and those riding on public transportation.


Young children under the age of 2 and anyone with health conditions that would prevent mask-wearing are exempt from the order. If private office buildings and workspaces are closed off to the public and six feet of social distancing can be maintained, face coverings are also not required. The mandatory face-covering order went into effect April 29 and will remain until July 15, with the possibility of an extension.

Aspen is located in Pitkin County. Summer is a popular time of year to visit the mountain town, widely known for being home to arguably the most photographed pair of peaks in the state – Maroon Bells.

Here’s a look at where it’s located on the map.

Gov. Jared Polis recently signed executive orders extending the state of disaster declaration and requiring the use of face masks for employees of public transit and critical businesses.

A recent study also found that the use of masks and face coverings is one of the most effective ways to reduce person-to-person virus transmission.


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